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For the last twelve months, we’ve watched conservative Republicans in Congress rail against unconstitutional NSA spying and the targeting of tea party groups by the IRS. Many question why government needs access to all of our information in the first place.

Yet, largely unnoticed and with bi-partisan approval from Congress, a large and powerful infrastructure is actively collecting the data of millions of American kids every single day.

According to Politico, “(Education) tech companies of all sizes, from basement startups to global conglomerates, have jumped into the game. The most adept are scooping up as many as 10 million unique data points on each child, each day.”

“That’s more data, by several orders of magnitude, than Netflix or Facebook or even Google collect on their users,” Politico adds.

In the name of racing to the top and leaving no child behind, the federal government has opened the door to this largest violation of privacy in our nation’s history—all under the watchful eye of President Obama. In 2011, President Obama relaxed federal privacy laws (FERPA) to incorporate private institutional access into this data collection program.

By incentivizing participation in longitudinal databases through federal grants, the Department of Education has now created a system that tracks everything a child does—homework completion, behavior characteristics, health records, test scores, classroom comments, teacher observations of a their nutrition and hygiene, and more.

This information becomes part of the student’s file, along with millions of other students, to be utilized in the future for unknown purposes.

These databases aren’t simply for educational use by local school districts and state agencies—they are designed specifically to communicate with federal databases on a daily basis. The federal government, state agencies, and local schools can determine who has the right to access the information, including private for-profit companies, without parental knowledge or permission.

Perhaps the most concerning aspect is that some of these databases are now shared projects with Health and Human Services—and one can only assume that this giant collection of private information could be used to feed into the Obamacare exchanges in the near future.

- See more at: http://rare.us/story/your-childs-private-info-is-being-compiled-into-a-massive-database/#sthash.btQcE1mv.dpuf

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  • Last night, I heard a father who was trying to get all the info that the school had gathered on his cildren and he was told that maybe he could have it if he paid $10,000.  The father was also told that this info would be used to guide the child into the job or college major that fit "him/her".  So if the child doesn't do his homework or fails a test say in Math then he/she would not be able to go to college for any degree that pertains to math.  This is a very slippery slope we are going down.  Keeping data about "personal" hygiene of a student-what is that all about?  I guess if you have a "slob" period (which most kids between 9 - 11 go through) then you will be destined to be a "sanitary engineer". 

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